Classrooms of the future must be flexible – and green

Pegasus Bay Primary School, Canterbury

Classrooms of the future must be flexible - and green


Ministry of Education





About This Project

Pegasus Bay School is the first primary school in the Canterbury region to fully embrace the modern learning environments concept. Arrow had full responsibility for both design and construction of the school, which is based around learning communities – multifunctional spaces the size of three standard classrooms. There is a well-connected central administration facility, with the Library/Student commons space linked through the entry atrium with large sliding doors to the hall, providing a multifunctional school and community space. Through improve insulation, floor slab edge insulation, double glazing and a good degree of air tightness, Pegasus Bay is designed to use 40% less energy than a regular five-star Green Star rated building. 


Unique Aspects

The project was delivered to a tight 12 month programme to ensure the school was ready to open for Term 2, 2014. To achieve this, we opened up multiple workfronts, requiring careful coordination and logistics planning. Designed to be a ‘net zero energy school’, Pegasus Bay School should generate as much power as it uses.

Arrow International are pioneering green building and living building technologies – read more about our living building project for Ngai Tuhoe.

Pegasus is a pilot project to establish the feasibility of building future schools with a net zero energy rating that not only produce a positive financial return, but also achieve the required NZGBC's Green Star rating as part of the Ministry's requirement to provide energy efficient schools with sustainable design and construction."

Grant Mackenzie
Senior Project Manager, Arrow International